The shoe museum
The shoe museum exhibits the reconstruction of leather shoes from fragments discovered during archaeological excavations in the canton of Vaud or elsewhere. The museum is located in the Rôtillon district of Lausanne, a former tanners’ district.
The museum has the particularity of producing its collection in its own premises and the visitor will have the opportunity, unlike a historical museum, to be able to touch the objects on display. The museum is free and open on the afternoons of the first weekend of each month.
The Riponne parking is close to the museum.
Inside the museum
Created in 2003, the shoe museum is the smallest in Switzerland with its 10 m². It is composed of a small room divided into two parts:
- Shelves where leather shoes from prehistoric times 5,000 years ago, through Roman and Middle Ages to the beginning of industrialisation, are displayed.
- A shoemaker’s workshop that restores shoes with the same tools used when the shoes were worn.
It should be noted that the shoe museum travels with its specialists to showcase its works to the public.
Vaud archaeological leathers
A panel reminds us of the different places in the canton of Vaud where the remains of leather shoes have been found. The natural environments that have enabled leather to be preserved are either dry, wet or immersed in water.
The museum’s archaeologists have meticulously and magnificently reconstructed all the remains of these shoes.